I'm heading up to Chatsworth, CA tomorrow night to record some train whistles. How far away from the tracks should I be to get that nice, misty, dreamlike faraway sound? And is there a particularly quiet/desolate part of town where I can sit for a few hours and gather said recordings? (Recommendations for other desolate, train-heavy spots within a two-hour drive also welcome.)
just how unrealistic is a gun silencer as presented in films, something about twice the size of the barrel making a pistol barely audible? how close to the "polite sneeze" sound of a silenced pistol can you get in reality with a similarly-sized muffler?
Sound and light board with 4-5 smooth objects - which objects are on the board and where changes the sounds and lights, including light from some of the objects ... what is this thing and where can I get one? [more inside]
Starting a podcast (spoken word) and suddenly have the opportunity to interview the exact people I really shouldn't be "practicing" on. I'm a radiophile, want decent sound, but have no time to learn the technical side of sound recording before my interviews in a few days. Can I spend a little up front to make decent sound or do I just need to spend more? [more inside]
Trying to work out how to get surround sound from a PC to a receiver... [more inside]
Help me figure out how to get the video capabilities of a Flip Ultra in a smartphone. [more inside]
I just microwaved a mug of water. And after about a minute it started making a loud humming noise, like what happens when you run a wet finger around a champagne glass. It sounded like there were aliens landing in my microwave. What happened? [more inside]
I need help un-disorted a sound clip. There is a sound in Civilization 4 that plays whenever you discover Judaism. I could not place it--and I know my Jewish prayers--so I dug in the install folder and found the full file. It is heavily distorted in a way I cannot quite figure out. Could someone help me see if this was ever a prayer to begin with, or was just random vocalizations approved as being "Jewish enough" in order to avoid offending people with actual prayers? [more inside]
Re-building my electronic music home studio with a new computer at the heart of it. Have lots of pieces but not sure of optimal setup/signal path. [more inside]
What is the spectrum lasso tool being used at 4:00 in this video?
I'm trying to find an ipad app that'll allow me to replay small, short sentences from a recorded screenplay. [more inside]
What sort of sensory things - tastes, smells, sounds, you know the deal - are reminiscent or representative of San Francisco? [more inside]
I want an Android-based phone, but there's a specific feature of my Blackberry (relating to customizing sounds and alerts for specific contacts) that I don't want to go without. So, can this be done on an Android phone? [more inside]
There is a certain organ sound used in a lot of old prog music. A grindy organ sound. A perfect example is here, starting at 2:48. What is the instrument, and, if applicable, what is the setting / tone / whathaveyou (for example, if the instrument were a Hammond organ, what button would be pushed / levers flipped / etc. to get that sound? If a Moog, what dials would be turned, more or less?)?
All day long I entertain grievances and herd cats. I would like a freestanding, attractive but affordable gadget, not requiring use of the PC, on which I could place as a sound recording "Respect my authoritah!" Ideally activated by pressing a large button. Could not find suitable device online. Ideas?
Why am I completely unable to stand the sound of someone chewing gum? [more inside]
What was this noise, audible 30 miles? [more inside]
I want to replace my current, cheap, crappy surround sound system. However, there are a number of components that need to be addressed to satisfy me. [more inside]
My laptop speakers aren't working, but the sound is fine with headphones. What does this mean and how can I fix it? A few details inside. [more inside]
Realtime sound notification of Wordpress blog hits? [more inside]
How can I get the sound to work on my MacBook Pro (2010 6,2 model) when I use Windows 7 (64 bit) via BootCamp? [more inside]
Help me find this gorgeous youtube mashup I stumbled upon once a long time ago. [more inside]
Can you recommend a portable music/media player that has a built in sound recorder as well? Must be really easy to use. [more inside]
I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
Is there an HDR equivalent for audio tracks? Can several low-to-reasonable quality recordings of a single event be merged into one high-quality recording? [more inside]
[Christmas Gift Filter] Help me get my boyfriend some nice speakers that he can use with his Mac Book Pro. [more inside]
Composers, musicians, songwriters: What steps do you take to create a piece of music from scratch? Additional questions about working as a composer, music software, planning processes, etc. inside. [more inside]
So I was listening to the sound check for the upcoming U2 concert yesterday from my house, which is just over 2km from the stadium. I could tell that the sound was immensely loud at the source even though it wasn't rattling my windows or anything. How did I know it was a huge sound at a distance rather than coming from nearby? What auditory cues tell us this?
How to identify the music used to close today's 15 Nov. program The Strand on BBC World Service. I've searched the BBC Website(s) but failed to find it.
Could very old (16th Century) cannons be heard five miles away? This is pretty important for a story I'm writing. I know that later, huge artillery pieces could be heard for many miles, but these would be small iron pieces for a small military outpost. On a calm day, could their sound travel that far?
Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
I'm trying to find the name of an old short film (circa 70's-90's) about a Foley artist / showman performing Foley sound effects live to a film that is being projected in an ornate theater, with a number of props laid out in front of him. [more inside]
How did producer Gary Katz get those Steely Dan records to sound so much "cleaner" than the other popular music being recorded at the time?
Is it possible to use an all female 3.5mm splitter backwards to allow two inputs into one set of speakers? [more inside]
When is really the best time to fish for salmon in the Puget Sound / Georgia Straight area? Is it exclusively a late fall/early winter sport? [more inside]
Why does the sound system show negative db? [more inside]
I have a 14-channel mixer. During a live performance I want to play some channels to loudspeakers while simultaneously recording, but I want the recording to contain more channels that are not played through the loudspeakers. Details and diagrams within. [more inside]
Why do in-ear headphones sound much louder when I put the left-labelled one in my right ear and the right-labelled one in my left ear? [more inside]
Please suggest a replacement podium microphone with two main goals in mind: Reduce or eliminate popping noise from close talkers, and increased sensitivity for picking up people not speaking directly into it. [more inside]
What could be causing sound issues on my Windows 7 laptop? [more inside]
How can I universally raise the volume of my Macbook Pro? My maximum volume frequently isn't loud enough. [more inside]
I'm looking for information about careers in audio, sound and music within the film and television industries. Info like how to find an entry level job/internship, size of the industry, average income, etc for jobs like sound designer, audio editor, production sound mixer, dialogue editor, composer, foley etc. Thanks!
Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
Recommend a very decent sound card that's also affordable
How much could the speakers built into iPhones be auditorily improved if price were no object? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping? [more inside]
Problem with the audio driver on a Lenovo T60p. [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out what this sound is: specifically heard in the summer, in the woods - either a frog or some sort of insect I think (not crickets though). Could be described as "cheet-cheet-cheet-cheet" repeated. An exact example can be found in the very beginning of the R.E.M. song "You Are Everything" from the album Green. Super bonus question: would love to find a recording of this to purchase/download. Thanks!
How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]